The next meeting of JCUA’s Housing and Economic Justice committee. We’ll chat about all the work we’ve done this month, discuss the plans we have to pass Bring Chicago Home this fall, figure out how to plug into those plans, and plan for some of our subcomittee work. This meeting will by hybrid!
Flood the Fifth Ward Phone Lines: Last month, a group of KAM Isaiah Israel members went to the office of Ald. Leslie Hairston to ask her to meet with them to discuss Bring Chicago Home — a campaign that would create $160M of new revenue for the city to spend on homelessness services. Hairston’s staff promised to get back to us, but they have not yet done so. So on Thursday, we’re hoping to get as many people as possible to call her office and urge her to sign on to this important legislation. Sign up below to commit to taking five minutes to making a call into the office.
Organizing 101 will cover the foundational skills and concepts around community organizing: power analysis, values, relationships, self-interest; one-on-ones, and our connections as Jews. This training is a great opportunity to learn and practice core organizing skills, meet other JCUA members, and gain a better understanding of our method of social change.
Spots are limited, and we will be prioritizing applications from participants who have not yet attended an Organizing 101 training with JCUA . But we encourage all interested folks to apply!
Please reach out to Jimmy Rothschild (email@example.com) or Mara Wolkoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. Applications will close on Friday, September 2.
Join SURJ-Faith for a three part series, led by Jewish activists and safety experts, to prepare and train congregations to make community safety plans for the High Holy Days and beyond. Whether you are interested in making your first safety plan or are already deeply engaged in this work, come meet fellow activists and learn hands-on skills. The final training will be open to people of any faith who want to learn de-escalation skills to support their own congregations as well as support Jewish community safety teams. RSVP and more information here.
Join JCUA and our partners in the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) coalition for the first public meeting of the newly appointed Interim Commission, on Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm at Malcolm X College.
These seven community leaders will work to create safe neighborhoods across Chicago by bringing much-needed accountability to CPD. The Commission will draft and set policy, select police leadership, make budget recommendations, bring transparency to all levels of policing, and much more
The ECPS Commission is an institution we organized for years to create. Now is the time for us to ensure the priorities and direction of the Commission’s work is determined by the people of Chicago. Help us have a strong showing!
Livestream is available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2zLtwjvIdC2n-CbUdh3Jig
Join JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team and Am Shalom’s Social Action Committee for a screening of The Power of Us: Confronting Our Climate Crisis, a documentary about the intergenerational climate justice movement created by Am Shalom members Jim and Anne Goodman. We will screen the film, followed by remarks from Jim and Anne, and then hear from various IL-based environmental justice organizations about how we can take action to fight for our planet right now in IL. Join for a night of learning, discussion, and action.
Bring Chicago Home campaign is hosting a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, October 13th to discuss the homelessness crisis in Chicago, how we are falling short as a city at addressing it, and how the BCH resolution can help remedy that shortfall. This will be held on Zoom and you are welcome to join from your home. We are also looking for people willing to host small watch parties at their home or larger watch parties at their synagogue or other community.
Register here and please indicate how you would like to participate.
Join JCUA’s Youth Organizing Caucus to meet other justice oriented high school students and talk about the youth role in our organizing campaigns! This meeting will be on zoom, and the link will be sent out in advance to everyone who RSVPs. Sign up here!
Join Chicagoland Jewish organizations for an evening of social justice in a sukkah. Sukkot is a harvest festival commemorating the memory of the Israelites seeking shelter in temporary huts while wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. Together, we will gather in a sukkah (temporary hut or booth) where we will enjoy food, learning and community.
Our evening will be centered around the “Bring Chicago Home,” an initiative aimed at ending homelessness in Chicago.
KAMII, 18 Doors, JCUA, Keshet for LGBTQ+ Equality, Moishe House, and Repair the World are excited to have you join us! Teachers from these partner organizations will share what Judaism can teach us about committing to tikkun olam, repairing the world.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Please note that KAM Isaiah Israel expects that all event participants are fully vaccinated and encourages that they wear a well fitting mask for everyone’s safety, particularly those who are immunocompromised or considered to be at high risk. If you are not feeling well on the night of the event, we ask that you stay home.
Join other members of the JCUA Congregation Partner Network to discuss how to take the energy and interest that come from High Holiday calls to action and turn it into sustained action in your congregations for the year to come. We will have time for reflecting on bringing justice issues to your congregation over the high holidays, best practice sharing for what has worked for congregation organizers in years past, and troubleshooting current challenges and issues we are seeing in our congregations in moving people to sustained action. Join us – RSVP here!